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Hair Loss In Women: Review These Six Leading Causes

Telogen Effluvium is a very common condition which describes hair loss in women and men. It can occur at any age. However, there are some types of hair loss in women which differ from hair loss in men.

Signs of hair loss in men:

Hairline receding

Moderate to extensive hair loss, particularly on the crown of the head

Signs of hair loss in women:

General thinning of hair all over the head

Moderate hair loss on the crown of the head or at the hairline

In summary, around 30 years of age a woman can start to experience some hair loss as hair starts to thin out rather than form a bald patch. By the time a woman reaches 40 years of age the hair thinning may be much more noticeable.

Here are six causes of hair loss in women which can help you identify the possible cause and decide whether to just wait for the hair to regrow, or if it is a more serious reason, get professional advice and take appropriate action:

#1. Hair loss in women is often connected to pregnancy. Three to six months after delivering a child, many women notice a degree of hair loss as the hair goes into a resting phase because of the physiological impact of the pregnancy on the body.

#2. Women who are on intensive diets and who lose considerable weight within a limited period of time may also find hair loss is a side effect.


#4. Some women use dyes, tints, straighteners, permanent waves, and bleaches. These can all take a toll and especially their improper use can contribute to hair loss in women.

These treatments may not affect healthy hair but if they are overused and not used in the proper quantities, hair can become stressed, brittle, and break easily. Wait for the hair to grow out before continuing any of these treatments, perhaps trying a different brand.

#5. The constant pulling of hair with styles such as ponytails and braids can sometimes cause hair loss in women. Avoid pulling the hair tight with these styles.

#6. Hair is fragile when wet. So avoid vigorous rubbing with a towel when getting out the bath or shower. Also don’t engage in rough combing or brushing after washing the hair as this may add to the problem and cause hair to break. Invest in wide toothed combs and purchase hair brushes that have smooth tips. These simple precautions can minimize any potential hair damage.


Hair loss in women can cause acute anxiety as it can make some women feel less feminine and it can have an impact on their self-confidence. Perhaps in this area it affects women more than men.

In many cases, proper care and attention to hair can greatly reduce the danger of hair loss. In other cases involving illness or heredity, consulting with a professional hair stylist can result in a hair style that minimizes the effect of hair loss in women.

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